Skip to comments.Senate bill would <B> AUTHORIZE MORE FEDERAL SPENDING </B> for TIGER grant program
Posted on 05/23/2011 3:37:56 PM PDT by Eva
Senate bill would authorize more federal funding for TIGER grant program
On May 11, Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Transportation Infrastructure Grants and Economic Reinvestment (TIGER) Act (S. 942), which would authorize additional federal funding for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program created in 2009. The bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide grants, direct loans and loan guarantees to states, local governments and transit agencies to help fund transportation projects.
The TIGER Act would continue to ensure that transportation projects are selected through a transparent, competitive and merit-based process, and that projects across the country are funded, the senators said in a joint statement. Several projects already funded under the TIGER grant program include a multi-modal transportation center in Normal, Ill., that will serve as a hub for Amtrak, intercity bus, local mass transit and other modes; and repairs to 233 miles of state-owned track in northern Maine that had been slated for abandonment, they said.
I have been thrilled by the successful transportation projects that have been funded in the two years since I established the TIGER grant program, said Murray. These projects are putting people to work, boosting regional economies and improving our country's infrastructure.
Added Collins: One of my highest priorities is to help ensure that our nation's transportation infrastructure does not fall into disrepair. Safe and efficient transportation is essential to economic recovery and cannot be left solely to state governments, which are struggling with budget shortfalls.
S. 942 was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
The state of California successfully opposed a Gateway project for Northern California. The Republican governor in the state of Maine pulled all state funding for the Gateway project in ME. That's why Susan Collins is seeking the federal funding. Interestingly, the Republicans in South Carolina have been seeking funding for the dredging of the port for their Gateway project, and the bill that Murray has written includes a clause that excludes dredging.
In case some of you haven't been paying attention, the unions in Murray's home state of WA are at war with South Carolina over Boeing jobs.
The project in WA that is being funded by this bill is a coal terminal that will be served by Warren Buffet's BNSF that will bring coal trains up the whole coast of W. WA. to a coal terminal that is to be built in Whatcom County. The players are Goldman Sachs, Warren Buffet and BNSF, CARRIX, Jeffrey Imelt and GE, and Richard Trumka, as head of the AFL-CIO and former head of the United MIne Workers. The owners of the Powder River Basin Coal mines, are another participant, but that is almost a whole other story about crony capitalism.
And Maine gets a few railroad repair miles......
“Free” courtesy of Maine’s repubbie Senator!
And we go into debt one “public works” project at a time ...
I think that the provision to purchase the land or these projects is especially egregious because it means eminent domain.
No way this passes through the House - it’s fake stimulus.
TIGER and TIGER II handed out cash to solidly Dem districts to prop up longtime Dem members in local media. Not a single Republican district got $1. It’s a compromised and wholly partisan program.
That is the reason that the bill won’t cover the dredging in South Carolina.
Can the Senate pass this kind of bill? I thought that spending bills were supposed to originate in the Congress.
This bill is especially important in the battle against the local coal terminal. The so-called Republicans in my county have actually endorsed the terminal because they believe it will bring jobs and because none of the negative effects will be felt in the center part of the county, where they live.